Stay and Play
published by Travel Press e-newsletter Jan. 23, 2015
Mystical Golf – owner and operator of The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard courses and hailed as the “best 54 holes of golf in Myrtle Beach” – has two stay-and-play packages ideal for March “golf buddy” getaways.
From March 5-29, the three-day Gold Package starts at $109 (per person, per day, taxes included) and includes three rounds with a cart on each of The Witch, The Wizard and Man-O-War; three night’s lodging in three-bedroom golf villas (four beds); complimentary iHOP breakfast daily (available 24 hours per day); free steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes); lunch and two beers free at the course each day (excluding complimentary round); free daily range balls; $15 gift card toward a golf shirt; instant replay round for cart fee only; and extra night stays available “at a moderate cost per person.”
Over the same time frame, the Silver Package starts at $99 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the attributes of the Gold Package, except daily breakfast and steak dinner. Both stay-and-plays offer one complimentary golfer for booked groups of 20 or more players.
The Witch sits on 500 acres of cypress groves and wetlands teeming with flora and fauna. Tactical play is rewarded on the par-71, 6,702-yard layout. With 4,000 feet of bridges wending through swamps (front nine) and rolling hills (back nine), golfers may spy cranes, bald eagles, alligators and black bears.
Man-O-War is revered for its back-to-back island greens and water features touching every hole. With a commanding 141 slope rating, the par-72, 6,967-yard layout is offset by straight-forward shots and bent-grass greens.
Reminiscent of classic, wind-swept links courses in Scotland and Ireland, The Wizard presents deep bunkers, mound-framed fairways and dramatic elevation changes. Trademark stone bridges and an Old-World, castle-style clubhouse add character to the par-72, 6,721-yard shot-maker’s course.
Mystical Golf Offers Exceptional March Stay-and-Play Getaway
published by Golf Business Wire Jan. 20, 2015
Celebrated by media like Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine and GolfChannel.com, the Mystical Golf trifecta of diverse Dan Maples-designed layouts all feature outstanding architectural elements and superb year-round course maintenance complemented by trademark Southern hospitality.
From March 5 - 29, the three-day Gold Package starts at $109 (per person, per day, taxes included) and includes:
• Three rounds with cart on each of The Witch, The Wizard and Man-O-War
• Three nights' lodging in well-appointed three-bedroom golf villas (four beds)
• Complimentary iHOP breakfast daily (available 24 hours per day)
• Free steak dinner at Logan's Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes)
• Lunch and two beers free at the course each day (excluding complimentary round)
• Free daily range balls
• $15 gift card toward a golf shirt
• Instant replay round for cart fee only
• Extra night stays available at moderate cost per person
Over the same time frame, the Silver Package starts at $99 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the attributes of the Gold Package except daily breakfast and steak dinner. Both stay-and-plays offer one complimentary golfer for booked groups of 20 or more players.
American Golfer Blog
Mystical Golf Tour in Myrtle Beach
published by New England Golf Monthly Magazine (online) Jan. 16, 2015
Mystical Golf in Myrtle Beach is an annual pilgrimage for golfers around the globe. We returned for the annual golf writers' tourney, generously hosted by owner Claude Pardue. No stranger to the golf business, he leveraged his financial services background with an investment in the land of booming Myrtle Beach and in '89, built his fantasy three courses that are Mystical Golf – The Wizard, The Witch and Man-O-War. The Wizard's clubhouse has a whimsical castle motif. The stone façade seems almost out of place until you make the 18-hole journey to the moat of water between the fairway and the final green. Then it all makes sense. To begin with, Mr. Pardue takes pride in welcoming golfers to the first tee box, questioning the wisdom of a short cut strategy on the Wizard's opening par 5, a sharp dogleg right with water the length of the right angle cutout. Long hitters must be precise or their result will be wet in the lake if short or wild in the wispy grass if long. This is a great hole from the forward tee for the cool, calm and collected to shine and make par or birdie. 'Knock Out Roses' stand out in the brightest shades along the course, with a smattering of pansies and lots of Scottish ball gobbling grass or gorse on mounds. Rock ditches intersect a few fairways where balls may ricochet or rocket forward. The trifecta of finishing holes brings a crescendo of water play leading up to the aforementioned moat where Mr. Pardue's Wizard will hopefully wave his wand for a successful landing on the green.
America's Golfing Couple
The bonding game at MysticalGolf in South Carolina
published by TravelGolf Nov. 30, 2014
How often does a parent get to spend four uninterrupted days playing golf with a grownup son who is running a business and father of three? In the 'Top 10' best life experiences? You bet. Whereas just getting ready to tee up requires a certain process on my part— stretching, hot shower, drugs (you know the drill) son Mike just needs to wake up and show up.
Thanks to Claude Pardue, owner of a trio of fine courses that make up MysticalGolf in South Carolina, that’s exactly what I got to do. Pardue invited golf writers and a guest to play a three-day best ball tournament. Mike and I are the only mother-son team in the field and after playing three years our expectations are realistic: have fun, don't kill each other and don't finish last.
Getting Mystical with Myrtle Beach Travel, Golf
published by Crave Online Nov. 26, 2014
The atmosphere of Myrtle Beach stands far away from the rarified ocean air of Palm Beach or Miami Beach. Think Daytona, with a little more class and calmer local residents. Marked with a mix of colorful local restaurants, basic tourist attractions and a culture tied innately to the sea, and Myrtle Beach is where someone can go for vacation without worrying about if his swim trunks are in style. The Grand Strand and Boardwalk offers endless ocean views without the money soaked ennui of beaches farther south — offering instead no frills entertainment.
On my recent tour of the area, I spent my time tearing into three of the area’s top golf courses. They all fall under the umbrella of Mystical Golf – a locally owned and operated links organization dedicated to keeping elite golf in Myrtle Beach affordable and accessible to locals and friendly tourists.
The three courses in the Mystical family are Man O’ War, The Witch and The Wizard. While situated near each other on the inland side of Myrtle, each has a distinct ambiance and character to offer different challenges to any player’s game.
Man O’ War (top) is a more traditional parkland course. There’s ample, but avoidable water — and plenty of sand in keeping with the area’s ocean heritage. The fairways on Man O’ War are wide and inviting, the border vegetation infrequently deep enough to eat your golf ball.
The Witch is the most aesthetically pleasing of the three courses. Built into more of a swamp environment, The Witch serves up more trees and more water than its sister courses. Its natural wetland surroundings also offer up the largest and most easily visible menagerie of wildlife, including small gators, snakes and egrets. Suffice to say, if you put a ball in the water on The Witch, just take another one out of the sleeve and move down the fairway.
Finally, The Wizard struck me as the most difficult of the Myrtle Beach outings. While not overly long, it has almost a links style layout featuring mid-hole vegetation hazards, sand and bumpy terrain making for difficult lies. Now, that doesn’t make it a disappointment to play. It’s still an attractive course and affordable to play. The visitor just needs to brace him or herself for a challenge.
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